All of the exercising (close to 4 yrs, off and on); eating right (reading labels, preparing & cooking the food, using the right oils + adding herbs as seasoning), is showing me that I haven't been wasting my time: A chart of my BMI and weight loss since 2003 (two yrs after diagnosis in March of that year), to the present, is awesome to see, especially when the graph shows a "decline". :o) So, every day that I got out of bed to go to aquatic therapy for Fibromyalgia to exercise 30 minutes at a time, every month of those classes that I overcame the muscle fatigue and painful joints, but added another day to my exercise week, no matter the weather or how I felt, physically, is paying off: A1C has remained at 6.4 over a 6 month period without medicine; LDL is at 100; cholesterol is 183, HDL is at 45; triglycerides are quite stable w/medication; Body Mass Index (BMI) is now 37, which means that I am not 50% fat, although it was 41 when I weighed 273 lbs; the weight is steadily coming down @ 4 lbs a month, even with arthritic problems of the spine and knees. I'm in another realm, celebrating these accomplishment. Close to 6 months ago, I added a 1-mile walk, once a week; tried to add a second mile during the week, but that proved to be too much. At 61 (almost 62), a military retiree & disabled veteran, I'm thrilled, and wouldn't be ashamed to be seen by some with whom I retired in Dec 1998: I only wish the same, or better, for anyone of you who is striving to lose the weight and get those numbers down.
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